Day 1: We leave Cusco early in the morning, visit the interesting pre-Inca tombs of Ninamarca, the colonial town of Paucartambo, and then down to the Cloud Forest. Here a thick cloak of clouds provides perpetual humidity and makes an ideal habitat for epiphytic plants such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is home of the Cock of the Rock, the Spectacled Bear, Orchids, Tree Ferns (one of the oldest living plants), mosses and lichens. At least 50 per cent of the plant species found here are endemic to this region. Overnight in our open air lodge "San Pedro".
Day 2: We observe the ritual mating dance of the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola Peruvian), Peru’s national bird, from the platform ("lek"). After breakfast we continue in our overland transport (1*) down the narrow road between waterfalls and canyons toward Pilcopata town (2*). After 30 minutes bus ride we will arrive to the Port of Atalaya, board our covered motorized boat and head down the Alto Madre de Dios River for approximately 30 minutes toward our private reserve "Erika Lodge" where we will spend the next two nights. Short walk around the lodge.
(1*) Optional: Descend with mountain bikes from San Pedro lodge (1700 meters above sea level) Cloud forest to Pilcopata - High Jungle (700 meters above sea level).
(2*) Optional: A 3 hour rafting trip down the Kosñipata river where we will have the opportunity for a dip and of course enjoy the spectacular view of the Koñeq canyon. Continuing down the Alto Madre de Dios river to Erika Lodge.
Day 3: The great diversity of wildlife around the lodge is due to the wide altitude range of this beautiful site. Immediately after breakfast, we start walking and our guide will explain us about insects, medicinal plants, trees, reptiles, mammals, etc. Before returning for lunch we can have the chance to swim in the natural pools formed in the river close to the lodge. Early in the afternoon we will have a short boat ride to visit a small lake near the Alto Madre de Dios river. Here we will have the chance to see the Hoatzin, a primitive bird, black caimans, many species of birds, insects, etc. This will be our last night in this wonderful Amazon jungle. Overnight in the lodge.
Day 4: Early weak up to board our boat. After five minutes ride, we will arrive to a small "Collpa", wich is a wall of clay in the riverbanks where many species of parrots feed for mineral and salt supplements to their diet of seeds and fruits. After this colorful and noisy show we continue by boat to Atalaya Port and then the bus back to Cusco arriving late in the afternoon.
- Bring with you:
* Binoculars, camera and film ASA 200 and 400 for the inner forest
* Sleeping bag
* Warm clothing (in case of a cold front), long sleeve shirts and long pants (cotton)
* 100 per cent waterproof rain gear (long poncho or rain wear)
* Insect repellent (at least 50 per cent deet), sunscreen lotion
* One pair of light weight ankle height boots and sandals
* Flashlight, enough batteries (alkaline) and bulbs
* Wide brim hat (for sunny days), sun glasses
* Towel, swimming suit, personal medicines and/or supplies (e.g. liquid for contact lenses)
* Day pack, and one back pack or duffel bag of luggage per person
* One bottle of water for the first day, plastic bags.
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